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Handling Misdemeanor Criminal Charges

Don't Let a Misdemeanor End Up on Your Permanent Record

While misdemeanor charges are less serious than felonies, it is important to remember that a conviction still has the potential to impact your life is significant and long-lasting ways. It can end up on your permanent criminal record, making it difficult or impossible to get loans, secure housing, find a job, pursue particular careers, or even hold offices. It is extremely important that you treat any charges against you seriously and bring in our Raleigh misdemeanor crimes attorney to help you address them as quickly as possible.

What is a Misdemeanor?

A criminal misdemeanor is a crime punishable by one year or less in jail time. Misdemeanors are divided into four different categories based on the severity of the offense.

Some examples of misdemeanors include:

  • Simple possession of marijuana
  • City code violations
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Simple assault
  • Communicating threats
  • Resisting a police officer
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Possession of stolen goods

Class A1 misdemeanors are the most serious and includes crimes such as assault with a deadly weapon, violation of a restraining order and sexual battery, and assault inflicting serious injury, among others.

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Being charged with a misdemeanor can put your life on hold. You may face high fines, counseling, losing your driver’s license, seized property, and jail time. These consequences can lead to losing your job and make it harder to find work in the future. A misdemeanor can affect you and your family’s lives, and here at Cotten Law Firm, we will work hard to do what’s best for you and your family. Our knowledge of the North Carolina criminal justice system can help you achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.

Reach out to our Raleigh misdemeanor crimes lawyer today by calling the firm at (919) 587-8544. We are proud to offer free consultations!

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